Snowmobile Brake Pads

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Trail riding on a sled with bad brakes can prove a little bit tricky. As you fly through the hills and the forest at breakneck speeds, coming up on turns, dips and intersections can be downright fatal if you don’t have the ability to stop on a dime. Here at Dennis Kirk, we are all too aware of the importance of having effective breaks. That’s why we’ve done our best to create an inventory with any aftermarket brake pad that you might need.

Snowmobile brake pads can be broken down into three general categories: organic, sintered, and semi-metallic. Each of these kinds of brake pads are good in different environments, and which one you choose depends on your needs and riding style.

Organic brake pads are generally the cheapest option on the market today. Also called carbon brake pads, these pads are varying mixes of rubber, carbon, glass, and Kevlar. They also offer the smoothest and quietest braking available today.

Sintered brake pads are made of metal and are exceptionally responsive. That being said, they aren’t as smooth as organic pads and they can be hard on rotors too.

Semi-metallic, or semi-sintered pads, are a nice middle point between these two pads. They fall right in the middle of the spectrum on just about every variable that we discussed. If you find yourself torn between the two, these might be a great option for you.

What to do with this information? Well, evaluate your riding style! If you find yourself riding very casually, try organic or semi metallic brake pads. If you race or just love going fast, we recommend sintered brake pads. If you are uncertain, semi-metallic is a safe bet. We hope we’ve helped you choose a brake pad, and we look forward to fulfilling your order and getting you back out on the trails. Thank you for shopping at Dennis Kirk!